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Elston is a member of and has held leadership roles in numerous professional associations, including NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (past Chairperson of the African American Knowledge Community), Association of Fraternal & Leadership Values (Board Member), NACADA: The Global Advising Community, LeaderShape, Inc., American Educational Research Association, Golden Key International Honour Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Board of Directors

Aug 2019 - Present
The Southern Center for Broadening Participation in STEM

Life Member

Apr 1993 - Present
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Dec 2003 - Present
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

African American Knowledge Community (AAKC)
– National Co-Chairperson of AAKC (term 2015-2017)
– Co-Chair Special Populations Research (2010-2014)

Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference, Steering Committee Member (2016)
* Session Presenter: “Student Affairs: Guiding Pathways in the National Completion Agenda”

HBCU Council, Chairperson (2011-2014)
* Pre-Conference – “We’ve always done it this way: Redefining student affairs at HBCUs” (2013)

Mid-Managers Institute (MMI), Faculty Member (2012)

Men & Masculinities Knowledge Community (MMKC), Region III Representative (2008-2010)

NASPA Region III (2010)
* Recipient of the Higher Education Research & Assessment Grant

Inaugural Multicultural Institute, Steering Committee Member (2009)

Peer Reviewer

May 2014 - Jan 2016
Higher Learning Commission

Co-Lead Facilitator

Apr 2005 - Present
LeaderShape, Inc.
  • Co-facilitate annual week-long intensive student leadership development institute on leading with integrity.
  • Co-manage up to 60 students and 6 adult small group facilitators in a high-energy, hands-on learning environment.
  • Educate students on facets of leadership including establishing vision, goal setting, integrity, knowing self, social justice, diversity, influencing perspectives; conduct exercises on mindful leadership and self-reflection; lead group discussions.


Jun 1996 - Jun 2000


Honorary Inductee

April 2008
Issued by Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society